Originally built in the late 1800s as a vaudeville theater and then seeing time as a German film theater in the 1950s, today Bogart’s stands as a portal to a world of live music. Six bars stand at the ready to keep rocking bodies hydrated, and three concert-viewing levels ensure pristine sightlines so that lead singers can have midconcert staring contests with anyone they choose.
Pearl, Joanna, Robert. These are some of the folks you might meet at the nightclub and honky-tonk known as Bobby Mackey's. There's just one thing: they're dead. These three are just some of the ghosts that fans say occupy the venue, a former slaughterhouse?and current gateway to hell, according to urban legends?whose eventful history includes episodes of murder, suicide, and betrayal. Many clubs and Las Vegas-style casinos have called the site home since the early 19th century, but it's Bobby Mackey's name that has popularized the facility's eerie nature with viewers of Syfy, Travel Channel, and National Geographic Channel. Of course, the honky-tonk has plenty of attractions for fans of the un-undead. An esteemed country singer, Bobby often performs with his band on Fridays and Saturdays, and other musicians regularly stop at the stage, too.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshell-esque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound to the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists finally found the power outlets. Before the show, audiences can feast on the recently restored auditorium's eye candy, which includes a gilded ceiling etched with reclining figures and majestic arches that help the eye dance throughout.
The DVIDA-certified instructors at Always Ballroom Dance Studio believe that dance can benefit anyone, and uphold a policy of total acceptance across experience levels. On the glossy scape of blond hardwood floors, they monitor shimmies in both private and group lessons, prepping couples for their wedding-dance debut or showcasing a stock of nightclub moves. Pupils needn't reserve a spot or have a partner to attend most group sessions?the studio provides everything down to airsickness bags for soaring spins, and accommodates diverse tastes with more than 20 dance styles on its syllabus. Special events such as lock-ins and Salsa Saturdays top off the swinging schedule.
Dixie Twin Drive-In transports moviegoers back to the 1950s with a constantly changing selection of first-run films on two outdoor screens, one 120’ x 52’ and the other 100’ x 65’. Cars pull into the drive-in’s tree-enclosed grounds and tune into a private FM radio station, which provides the audio accompaniment to movies’ car chases, star-crossed love affairs, and alien invasions wedged awkwardly in the middle of historical biopics. The theater starts the season with weekend screenings, then kicks into full swing with daily screenings during the warmest weeks of summer.
At Golden City Ballroom, students learn dances from the waltz to the rumba in a well-appointed studio. On its 2,400 square feet of suspended hardwood floors, students practice fancy footwork, double-checking their technique in wall-to-wall mirrors. They can also hit the same dance floor for LaBlast dance fitness classes, which incorporate the calorie-burning moves seen on Dancing with the Stars.